Although it may not hit you with the water that comes out of the sink at the turn of a nob and the many green parks and lush yards that scatter our cities, the American Southwest is a dry, arid desert. If you live anywhere between Southern California and New Mexico, don’t be fooled by the illusion of our seemingly water-sufficient climate.
Although it may not seem like too big of a threat from the safety of our water-laden homes, this issue will not be going away any time soon. Water doesn’t fall from the sky(at least very often) in the Southwest. In a recent article online, writer Alex Steffen describes the situation as being dry and getting dryer with almost no way out of it. The rivers have less water, the sky is not dropping enough water, and hotter years are predicted to be on the way.
So, is there anything we can do to help prevent the landscape of tumbleweeds and cactus from taking over our homes and communities? Can we continue to survive in this relatively harsh living environment?
Although we cannot be certain as to what will come to pass, there are things that we can all do to conserve water that go beyond the basics of quicker showers and more drought resistant plants, even though these things play an important role as well. The concept is simple: when the water comes, catch it! I’ve seen people use anything from buckets to trash cans to, water troughs. As rain barrel distributors, we are catering to you. Together, we can insure that our homes have reliable Santa Fe Rain Barrels or other water harvesting systems, so that we can continue to maintain our oasis in the middle of the desert.
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